2021 in Pisticci…I’ve  missed David Hockney…..

He has been one of my biggest inspirations in the last 2 years. It’s  because of him that I started making digital  paintings which I love.

But it’s not just that.  It’s  his attitude to work and painting. To” seeing”. To hoping people will feel joy when looking at his work, and  then painting from life almost every day.

Today I read an article by him in which he says ” the world is very beautiful,  but human beings are quite mad. ”

I like the way he thinks. ( the rest of the article is very interesting. )

In fact I think I am now quite cheered up after a week of feeling a bit off and struggling to paint anything.

There is so much more going on in my life than I ever could write about.

It’s  all change from summer and I don’t  know where to go and what to do . And I feel better when I have a plan.

Today I went for a very short walk up the pink brick road. I haven’t been for ages because I was afraid that bad back and dicky knee would be a problem . It wasn’t.

I am still trying to practice painting loosely   on small offcuts of canvas. I’ve done 5 so far this week and I might be making some progress…..or not.

Am really just doing them to pass the time while I work out what to do next.

It’s  the same with writing. I enjoyed having a project. And now I have some vague ideas. Some more computer skills might help.

And them there is ” post covid paranoia”. That’s  putting it a bit strongly ,but it rhymed.

My social skills , which were not great to start with, are definitely  needing a bit practice.Also without being particularly  aware of it I seem to be constantly in “preparing for the next disaster” mode. And then any excuse not to do something is welcome.

Painting helps.

But ,not when I am very self critical.

However, usually these times pass.

And I have new sweet primitive wine today.

My painted flowers blend in so well with the real ones.

Cheers 🍷🍷

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